TOPEKA — The Mat Masters showed up to wrestle this weekend at the Kansas Expocentre. Four young Ottawans finished state runner-up and three more in third-place. Altogether, 13 of Ottawa’s 16 state qualifiers placed at the USAWKS State Folkstyle Championship in Topeka, capping off a success-filled season.
Waylon Courtois (8U 46 pounds), Parker Guge (12U 96 pounds), Brock Sutton (14U 75 pounds) and Collin Creach (high school 132 pounds) earned state runner-up.
Courtois topped Emporia’s Takeo Dayn Medrano by a 1-0 sudden victory in the semifinals after winning his first two matches. He fell to Zy`ion Martin of Maize by 15-0 technical fall in the title match.
Guge won by pin and two technical falls to reach the 12U 96-pound title match. There, he fell to Owen Eck of Andale by 7-2 decision.
Sutton earned victories of 9-2 and 11-0 to advance to the 14U 75-pound title match. He battled hard, but came up short against Paola’s Tobius Kriner by 7-3 decision.
Creach, a third-place state high school placer for Ottawa High School, beat Goddard’s Isaiah Holmes by 2-0 decision and Derby’s Xavier Sisco by 4-0 decision to reach the title match. He lost a close match by 4-2 decision to Cayden Hughbanks of Maize.
Travis Barraclough (8U 43 pounds), Ethan Elliot (14U 115 pounds) and Bobby Crooks (high school 113 pounds) all placed third.
Barraclough rebounded from a loss in the second round to win four straight matches, including a pin of Paola’s Daxin Allen in the third-place match.
Elliot, a state qualifier for Wellsville High School during the prep season, lost in the second round to eventual state champion AJ Furnish of Andale. He won four straight matches, including a 5-2 win over Lansing’s Noah Bailey for third.
Crooks won his first two matches, but fell to eventual champion Damian Mendez of Dodge City in the 113-pound semifinals. He won his next two matches by 8-3 and 7-3 decisions to claim third.
Ottawa had several other state placers, including Logan Courtois (fourth-place 10U 70 pounds), Dakota Konzem (fourth-place 14U girls 108-114 pounds), Baylie Wieneke (fifth-place 8U girls 42-47 pounds), Julie Platt (fifth-place 10U girls 90-95 pounds), Chloe Chenoweth (sixth-place 8U girls 54-58 pounds), Destanie Larson (sixth-place 10U girls 81-86 pounds). Chase Courtois, Wyatt Bird and Jared Ferguson were also Mat Master state qualifiers this season.
State results (Ottawa)
State Runner Up:
8U 46 Waylon Courtois
12U 96 Parker Guge
14U 75 Brock Sutton
HS 132 Collin Creach
8U 43 Travis Barraclough
14U 115 Ethan Elliott
HS 113 Bobby Crooks
10U 70 Logan Courtois
14U Girls 108-114 Dakota Konzem
8U Girls 42-47 Baylie Wieneke
10U Girls 90-95 Julie Platt
8U Girls 54-58 Chloe Chenoweth
10U 81-86 Destanie Larson